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Poster: ringolevio Date: Apr 22, 2010 6:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bobby moments

I think the talent it takes to "blend" is easily overlooked. There's no way a musician who is merely competent but without a great deal of talent can do that effectively. In some ways blending with others takes more skill than being the unique genius who can sort of do what he pleases while other people follow him. Obviously blending is a bit thankless...

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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Apr 22, 2010 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bobby moments

If you really want to see Bob shine, go directly to 1973, do not pass go, etc.

He's not a conventional lead or rhythm player, so you have to listen to the way he either throws out ideas, or responds intuitively to Jerry's playing. At his best, it almost seems like the fact that he's a guitar player is incidental, as he rarely falls back on traditional techniques (this is one reason why he sounds so g-dawful when he's having an off night).

I particularly recommend the Bird Song from this show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-22.sbd.miller.88526.sbeok.flac16

or the Here Comes Sunshine off Dicks Picks 1.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Apr 22, 2010 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bobby moments

Personally I think he's a genius - and a long-suffering one, with the crap he's had to take being seen as Jerry's side kick.

I want someone to both study his musicianship seriously and write his biography, and soon. I don't want to see him rediscovered after he's dead.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Apr 22, 2010 10:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Bobby moments

Do you think Bob could pull off an autobiography like Phil did with Searching for the Sound? He's a pretty humorous fellow - I bet it would be a great read!